Donald Trump and Biden made the final push to attract voters as the race enters its final hours. Republican President Trump, 74 travelled to five swing states while his fellow-septuagenarian Biden, 77 stopped at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, a key state where the both the Democratic challenger and his Republican rival will have to walk on tight ropes. Biden, a former VP, has a steady lead in Donald Trump and Biden made the final push to attract voters as the race enters its final hours. Republican President Trump, 74 travelled to five swing states while his the latest polls ahead of Tuesday’s election. However, his advantage is slim in battleground states which would ultimately decide the final outcome.
Over 90mn people have already casted their ballots in early voting making the highest turnout in a century. The election heavily under the shadow of COVID-19 pandemic is presented with new challenges. America now has more cases and more deaths than any other nation on the globe with 81,000 new infections on Sunday alone.
Leading expert on infectious diseases in US, Anthony Fauci has delivered a stark criticism on the WH administration’s response to coronavirus drawing a direct reproach from the administration on Sunday.
What did Trump and Biden Say?
Trump keeping a hectic schedule on Sunday held rallies in Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Iowa. Speaking in Washington, MI, Trump claimed that under his administration the US car manufacturing country has been revived.
“The economy is now growing at the fastest rate ever recorded,” he said.
United States economy witnessed a record-breaking 33% economic growth in 3rd financial quarter of 2020 recovering from a record 31% contraction in second quarter. But economists think the economic decline – biggest in more than 80 years – could still take years to recover.
With daughter Ivanka and aide Hope Hicks in a later rally in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump vowed to bring more border security and more conservative judges in the courts. Talking about coronavirus pandemic, he told attendees they had to opt between a “deadly Biden lockdown” or “a safe vaccine that ends the pandemic”.
Biden, meanwhile turned to Pennsylvania, his place of birth where Trump narrowly bagged a victory in 2016. Polls this year suggest that Biden maintains a narrow lead. The former vice-president addressing a really in Philadelphia promised black community to fight systemic racism in the country and slammed his rival for the poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the community more than any other race in the country.
“It’s almost criminal the way he’s handled it,” he said. “It’s a mass casualty event in the black community and it’s totally unnecessary.”
Biden earlier tried to attract Latino vote bank with a tweet in Spanish, speaking of the segregation of the migrant families at the border at Trump’s behest and his indifference to the hardships and suffering of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
“President Trump has attacked the dignity of Latino families time and again,” the tweet read. “This will end when I am president.”
Biden also referred to a report by news website Axios which claimed the Republican would declare himself a victor on Tuesday night if he gained some lead. “The President’s not going to steal this election,” Biden said.
The Democrat’s campaign said he and his running mate Kamala Harris would reach “all four corners” of Pennsylvania on Monday and along with them will be pop icons John Legend and Lady Gaga.
Announcement of Results
It usually takes several days to complete the counting of every ballot in US presidential elections but the winner is mostly declared in the early hours of morning. Trump in 2016 stage in NY at around 3:00 local time to deliver his victory speech. However, the things could be very different this year as officials have already hinted that the final result could take days even weeks owing to the increase in mail-in ballots. The last time this happened was in 2000, when the winner was determined via a Supreme Court ruling after delay of a month.